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Updating Classic America: Colonials (eBook)

Updating Classic America: Colonials (eBook)
by Matthew Schoenherr
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Colonial homes are part of our national heritage, dotting the landscape from New England to the Pacific Northwest. While the Colonial is the quintessential American home, it isn't always suited to the way we live today -- the floor plan may be too confining, the kitchen too small, and the storage space non-existent.

That's where Taunton's latest addition to the Updating Classic America series comes in. Colonials is filled with design ideas and inspiration for renovating, remodeling, and building this classic American house type. From modest remodels to major overhauls to building new, Colonials offers innovative and tasteful design solutions for a variety of budgets. Featuring over 20 homes selected by architect Matthew Schoenherr, Colonials is richly illustrated with inspiring original photography as well as before and after floor plans. Colonials also provides you with a history and overview of the form and an illustrated glossary of typical design elements.

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Colonial homes are part of our national heritage, dotting the landscape from New England to the Pacific Northwest. While the Colonial is the quintessential American home, it isn't always suited to the way we live today -- the floor plan may be too confining, the kitchen too small, and the storage space non-existent.

That's where Taunton's latest addition to the Updating Classic America series comes in. Colonials is filled with design ideas and inspiration for renovating, remodeling, and building this classic American house type. From modest remodels to major overhauls to building new, Colonials offers innovative and tasteful design solutions for a variety of budgets. Featuring over 20 homes selected by architect Matthew Schoenherr, Colonials is richly illustrated with inspiring original photography as well as before and after floor plans. Colonials also provides you with a history and overview of the form and an illustrated glossary of typical design elements.

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SKU HDS67077804
Table Of Contents Introduction

1. The American Colonial Home
America's First and Lasting Style
Hallmarks of Colonial Design
Going beyond Colonial Basics
A Classic Colonial Reconstruction
Shaping Your Own World
Adding On to a Colonial
Renovations: Liberating Your Older Colonial
Building a New Colonial
An American Evolution

2. Remodeling Modestly
Strategies for Adding On
Focusing on What Works
Developing Continuity through Details
A Design for Comfort and Accessibility
An Acrobatic Composition of Forms
Cleaning Up Old Lines
Straightening a Few Planning Kinks
Practical Pool Access
A Well-Structured Environment
Working for Scale
Dinner in a Special Place
A Blend of New Ideas
A Recipe for Work and Play
Borrowing Space from Above

3. Renovating a Colonial Home
Updating a Tired Colonial
Working with What You've Got
The Heart of the Home
A Project in Four Phases
A Welcoming Canopy
A Backyard Oasis
Living with the Past
Family Planning
Rock the House
Cabin Fervor
From House to Home
Personal Appointments

4. Building a New Colonial Home
Starting from Scratch
Traditional Value
A Full House
Establishing the Ground Rules
The Planning Strategy
A Light from Above
We're Not In Kansas Anymore
There's No Place Like Home
A Cluster of Pavilions
Rethinking How a House Works
Exterior Motives

5. A Fresh Perspective
Declaring Independence
This Is Not Your Father's Colonial
A Visionary Home
A Private Suite for Guests
A New Sensibility

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Intro In my Connecticut architectural practice, we have several Colonial renovations underway at any given point -- homes that are being enlarged, updated, modernized, altered, or restored. Of the houses that come through our office door and wind up on our 21-in. computer monitors, Colonials are the most common.

The owners' requests are similar -- to improve or enlarge the house to fit their lifestyles and their needs. Sometimes we're even asked to help make a house look a little more authentic, if it hasn't been around for a century or two. And I oblige them happily. This house type has a past that no others can match, with such offshoots as Georgian, Dutch Colonial, and the Adams style. Even simple farmhouses have their roots in the Colonial gene pool. And about a hundred years ago, just when the style seemed to have been exhausted from being used over and over, a new variation was hatched -- the Colonial Revival!

My appreciation for Colonials may have come from a vicarious experience through my wife. She grew up in a Connecticut Saltbox originally constructed in 1789. There was a historic magic to the house. You could sense something there that I can only describe as an American Spirit. Maybe it was her parents' wonderful collection of American antiques and folk art. Perhaps it was any one of the three fireplaces that you could practically walk into. But this isn't to say that a house has to be ancient to conjure up this feeling. I can visit a Colonial built within the past several years and that same spirit is apt to come across if the home has been carefully proportioned and detailed. Colonials can feel like more than a house. They can feel like a place.

This book has been written to show real-life renovations that can preserve or reinforce the style. Some of the houses you'll see are very small in scale, with projects you might easily and inexpensively undertake on your own. Other projects are far more ambitious and will likely require the professional services of an architect and a general contractor. There are many avenues you can take to express your own vision for a Colonial home. Read on -- and participate in the Updating of Classic America.
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Author Matthew Schoenherr
ISBN 978-1-60085-681-5
Publication Year 2006
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